Welcome Team Kenya to Young Chef Olympiad

Traditional Kenyan foods reflect the many different lifestyles of the various groups in the country. Most Kenyan dishes are filling and inexpensive to make. Staple foods consist mainly of corn, maize, potatoes, and beans. Ugali (a porridge made of maize) and meat are typically eaten inland, while the coastal peoples eat a more varied diet.The Maasai, cattle-herding peoples who live in Kenya and Tanzania, eat simple foods, relying on cow and goat by-products (such as the animal’s meat and milk). The Maasai do not eat any wild game or fish, depending only on the livestock they raise for food.

Popular Kenyan Cuisine

Popular Cuisine

  • Ugali
  • Sukuma Wiki
  • Irio
  • Githeri
  • Wali wa Nazi
  • Nyama Choma

Popular Beverage

  • changaa
  • Uki
  • Naivasha wines
  • Kahawa
  • Kenya Gold

Popular Dessert

  • Coupe Mount Kenya
  • Pudding ya maziwa lala
  • Biskuti ya nazi’
  • Banana Cake
  • Maandazi

About Young Chef Olympiad

Young Student Chefs from 67+ nations after getting selected from different colleges from 67+ nations, will fly down to India on 26th January (67th republic day for India) to represent their country in a cook-off that will last 4 days starting 29th January to 1st February. The results will be collated and the Grand Finale is scheduled on Monday 1st February 2015 at Kolkata.

Young Chef Olympiad Team For Kenya


Student Chef: Catherine Wanjiku Waruihgi


College: Kenya Utalii College


Hosting Team: IIHM Kolkata

About Young Chef Catherine Wanjiku Waruihgi


Hii I am Catherine Wanjiku Waruihgi, a person with high moral values and also who avoid doing negative things in life. I always had an interest towards trying out different food recipes. I would love to enhance my skills and experiences in culinary management and am looking forward for this international competition which is going to take place in India. I will try my level best to make my parents and my country proud.

About the participating college


Kenya Utalii College (KUC) is a leading African hospitality and tourism training institution. Established 45 years ago the College has trained over 60,000 graduates from around the world who continue to serve in the local and international hospitality and tourism industry. The College opened its doors in 1975 and was established under the Hotels and Restaurants Act, (Cap. 494, Laws of Kenya) which has since been replaced by the Tourism Act, 2011. KUC is among the three African EUHOFA (International Association of Hotel Schools) members. EUHOFA International is a prestigious association of hotel school directors and deans of hospitality colleges and universities who work continuously to ensure the highest quality of education in their institutes. The international hotel school association, EUHOFA International, started in 1955 and has grown since then. Today there are 200 members worldwide. In May this year the College will attend a congress in Berlin, Germany with a view to present a preliminary report on how far its preparation to host the event in 2017 have gone. The College hosted the international congress in 1996. In addition, the institution is an affiliate member of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). The Principal Dr. Kenneth S. Ombongi, OGW, represents the African Region as the Vice President of the UNWTO Affiliate Members Board in August, 2013. It is in that capacity that he will represent the College in Madrid, Spain during the First UNWTO Conference on Shopping Tourism which will be held on Thursday 29th January, 2015. The main objective of the Conference is to create a platform for the participants to collaborate on the analysis of the shopping sector at large from the perspective of the public-private sector as it not only plays a major role in city tourism, but to all regions, and is relevant to destinations all over the world.Some of our courses have acquired accreditation by the Tourism Education Quality (TEDQUAL) certification body.Further, KUC is an authorized International Air Travel Agency (IATA) training Center. It is also East and Sub-Saharan Africa’s only Japanese Proficiency Language Test (JPLT) Examination Centre.Kenya Utalii College is the Secretariat for Africa’s only Association of Hospitality and Tourism Schools (AHTSA) which has a membership of more than 27 hospitality and tourism schools drawn from over 15 countries. In addition, it is an East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) accredited Center of Excellence in Hospitality and Tourism training. In December, 2013 the College produced the best student in Kenya in the International Air Transport Association (IATA) – Travel and Tourism Consultant – examinations. In March, 2014 the institution also produced Kenya’s best student in the IATA Airline Cabin Crew Course.KUC is distinguished for providing world class training for both the local and international hospitality and tourism industry. Among the strategies put in place to achieve this is collaboration with other reputable training institutions, both locally and internationally, to help us deliver our mandate of Training and Capacity Building, Research and Consultancy for the Hospitality and Tourism Industry.Internationally the institutions include the Manchester Metropolitan University-UK; Makerere University-Uganda; Dr. Livingstone International University of Tourism Excellence & Business Management (LIUTEBM)- Zambia; Zanzibar Institute of Tourism Development (ZITOD) and Vocational and Educational Training Authority (VETA) of Tanzania among others.Locally, since 2010 Kenya Utalii College has had a collaboration with the University of Nairobi which has culminated in the offering of two degree programs; Bachelor of Arts in Hospitality Management and Bachelor of Arts in Travel and Tourism Management. The two programmes have boosted the provision of quality training in the hospitality and tourism industry in the country and beyond. This is also aligned to Kenya’s economic development blueprint, Vision 2030. In order to meet the ever growing demand for training, especially for those already in employment, the College is gearing up to start offering e-learning in the near future. Increased linkages between the College and the hospitality and tourism industry stakeholders has seen most KUC graduates get internships and jobs in leading establishments within the industry. The institution is closely linked to the industry through the Tourism industry/Kenya Utalii College Liaison Committee.

The Country's Culinary World

  • Top Chefs
    • Chef Mwamodo
    • Mohsine Korich
    • Roy Kinyua
    • Anton Gasnier
  • Top Colleges
    • Utalii Collge
    • Nairobi college of bread and confectionery technology

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